This post has been written for the theme “26 Places, 26 Memories” for the #AtoZChallenge.
Q FOR QILA MEHRANGARH, JODHPUR:
Qila is the term for Fort in Urdu. Mehrangarh Fort is located in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in India. It’s one of the largest forts in India and arguably, the best preserved. Built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, it’s now run by the descendants of the Jodhpuri royal family. They’ve maintained the fort to international standards, which makes it a pleasure to visit. Tour guides and succinctly explained audio guides enhance the experience further.
My husband and I visited Jodhpur and the Qila in October 2015. He generously booked us into the fabulous Umaid Bhawan Palace to celebrate our babymoon (the last holiday as a couple before the arrival of the baby). I was five months pregnant, and thoroughly enjoying the attention being showered on me. We had an unforgettable weekend away, with the best hospitality I’ve received so far. However, the memory I’ll narrate today took place at the Qila.
QUEASY QUANDARIES AT QILA MEHRANGARH, JODHPUR:
We enjoyed a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel, before booking a cab to take us on a tour of Jodhpur, with the Qila being the first stop.
As soon as we set off, I began to feel queasy. The first three months of my pregnancy had been horrid, where I suffered from the worst possible morning-turned into-entire day long sickness. However, in the second trimester, my stomach had become stable, so this queasiness was unexpected. I dismissed the nausea, hoping it would settle on its own.
Unfortunately, upon reaching the fort it became clear that I needed the loo immediately! The nearest toilet was inside the fort, and we had to navigate tickets and audio guides before then.
Pregnant women will be familiar with the discomfort of having the baby press on their internal organs. On that warm day in Jodhpur, my baby decided to jump, dance and build a house on my bowels. By the time we reached the entry gate, I was absolutely distraught. The pressure had suddenly built to the maximum, and I felt so ill I could barely walk.
I perched myself on the ground, and prayed for control; while my worried husband ran in search of a toilet. In that situation, even the two minutes he was gone, seemed an eternity. I was in tears, envisioning the embarrassment of soiling myself in public; when he finally appeared reassuring me that the toilet was right around the corner. As melodramatic as ever, I wailed, “no, it’s going to happen here, I can’t even move.” Keeping calm, he grabbed me by the arm and hustled me to the toilet, which thankfully was right around the corner! I was prevented from having a public accident, and shed tears of happiness to see how clean it was. We finished the tour of the fort happy but humbled.
Thank god for my husband and his calm countenance. Now, when he jokingly calls me his first child, I don’t disagree 😉
Come back tomorrow for the letter R and another story!
Touring Qila Mehrangarh, Jodhpur, October 2015
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A for Amritsar, B for Bhopal, C for Cambodia, D for Delhi, E for England, F for France, G for Gwalior, H for Hemkund Sahib, I for Italy, J for Jim Corbett National Park, K for Kamakhya Devi Temple, L for London, M for Munich, N for Naples, O for Odisha, P for Prague
Haha! That was hilarious! But you stirred those fond memories of my visit to the fort too 🙂
Glad you liked it 🙂
Title is like tongue twister 😀 You must have felt terrible. Glad you found the bathroom.
Haha i’m so glad i did too 😂
That’s one part of the country which I still have to explore. I am enjoying all your stories and I can relate to this one as a mom. It’s not easy when you are travelling in India and need a clean bathroom urgently.
You never disappoint in stirring the most extreme emotions of laughter, horror or shock through your posts 😛 . I always look forward to these snippets from your memories and it seems really impressive to me how you have managed to keep them so warm and fresh even after so many years.
Thank you so much! You’ve made my day 🤗
Loved your pictures! Seems like a place that I’ll love to visit! 🙂
Haha babies have their own odd times to jump and kick. Even I was highly pampered during my pregnancies and am glad my hubby handled all my tantrums with a smile 😀
Haha yes thank god for the hubbies! Thanks for reading:)
Thankfully you managed those situations with the help of your hubby. Travelling is much more difficult at that time.
This was a fun read. I know you must have been terrified at that time but thinking about it later you must be laughing.
Hahaha it’s now one of my funniest memories 😂
Another one of your engaging travel tales. Enjoyed reading it thoroughly. Waiting to read the next story.
So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
This is what i am afraid of taking place during the journey and before starting for any long journey i make it sure that nothing such take place, even sometime i skip food or take as much as light foods possible, the incident was a funny one, i would surely laughed a lot(to be honest, i was smiling) but i can understand how tough the situation is for the ladies and specially if she is pregnant.
Wish you never have to face any such discomfort when outside home.
Haha it was tough then, but I’ve laughed a lot about it afterwards 😂😂
These things happen but it’s best to be prepared:)
I read your creative titles, understand the destination and straight away go to the story part because I find them so intriguing,this one was hillarious, I am sure that must be a tough moment for you but you both must be having a good laugh whenevr you remember the incident now.
Hahha! Yes it’s one of our funniest memories 😂😂
I’m glad you head straight to the story.. That was my idea when I began the series- to make it more a diary of my travel-related memories 😊
and I must say it turned out to be one, keep it coming 🙂
I had a horrible 34 week pregnancy period. Nausea took out every bit of energy from me. I was heading a branch of HDFC Bank at that point. The only issue was that the washrooms of the branch was in the 1st floor and my cabin was in the ground floor. Throughout the day I would rush upstairs umpteen times to either use the loo or throw up. It had become an internal joke where my colleagues would keep a tab of the gap between two such dash upstairs moment. This one brought back memories of my pregnancy. And your husband is really amazing.
Women have it so hard in such unimaginable ways!
Another wonderful post! lovedd it
Thanks Vidhya! So glad you liked it 🙂
Your husband is so wonderful in a crisis, though I am sure he must be going through hell seeing you in that state. Glad it all went well though.
Yes it was a tough moment but it’s now one of our funniest memories 😂 😊
Aww I was smiling throughout the post, Noor. You are blessed to have a doting husband. I have almost a similar story of my Chandigarh days, when I told my husband and I cant control the pressure anymore and going to pee on the road itself. It was my third trimester and we were out for shopping. Thanks to the city beautiful and its well organized markets that he found a toilet close by.
Haha, I’m glad to know your story Vartika! I was sure there would be more like mine 😂😃
Glad you found a restroom nearby… Enjoyed reading it… See you tomorrow…
Thank you 😊
First of all when everyone was struggling for a title it is so amazing of you to find with three Qs…hahahaa…nice post with nice pics.
Haha! Thanks Mukul! Honestly figuring out titles has taken me more time than actually writing the posts, but it’s such a creative challenge 😃
Thanks for appreciating 🙂
The Mehrangarh fort is really spectacular and the views from the top of the fort are awesome too. You had a really harrowing experience there, but thankfully things got sorted out in time. You are sure to always remember those moments.
Yes the place is gorgeous! While it was upsetting then, it has become one of my funniest memories after that 😊
Had a smile by the end of the post ! That’s what husbands are for .. to keep their calm when we lose it
Hahha yes thank god 🙂
Thank god your husband found the toilet! I could relate with this situation when I was on my periods I suddenly felt like i need to go to washroom ASAP due to heavy bleeding! (though not pregnant at the time, not yet as unmarried 🙈) 😀
I know what you mean! That happens to me too on my period! The problems we women have are endless 😋
I am controlling my grin coz I know how awkward and painful it must have been. Every pregnancy has its own share of anecdotes. God bless all moms who go thru it.
Yes! Women have it so tough in such unimaginable ways!
Oh Noor, that must’ve been horrible but we’re allowed all kinds of melodrama during pregnancy. When I was pregnant my husband would ask and re-ask every time we stepped out, did you visit the loo already? 😀
Hahaha he’s a wise man 😃
I can really feel how difficult it would have been for you my dear, glad your husband was with you and it could be fixed. Such warm memories
Yes I’m glad he was there too!
Though it was fun to read now, I can imagine very well about your situation at that time. Nicely crafted one.
All pregnant females will have such incidents and relate so much to this post. We can have a laugh right now but at that moment only one can understand that problem.
Yes that’s true 🙂